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"Heather", 20 years old had been walking through the woods, obviously in contact with poison ivy. All exposed parts of her skin were covered with the rash, and the itching was making her crazy. She had been applying Calamine lotion liberally.
Essential oil used:
Mentha piperita, US, (peppermint essential oil) was added to the Calamine Lotion, in a blend of 15 drops peppermint / ounce of lotion.
How frequently blend used, and length of time of "treatment":
The first day Heather applied the lotion several times, perhaps a total of six times from noon until she went to sleep. It seemed to ease the itching for about an hour or a little more. In subsequent days she was able to cut back as the Calamine dried the rash and the itching subsided.
Heather was delighted with the results. The added peppermint eo made a dramatic difference in her 'comfort level'...the menthol in the mint suppressed the itching and let the rash dry and heal naturally.
Marge Clark, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
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